Words: Mike Kennedy [Guest Writer – Welsh Connections/SWND Records, Director | Oystermouth Radio – Presenter] It was an unexpected phone call – and a voice from the past – that was the catalyst for the UK’s Christmas number-one in the iTunes chart last year. When the Emmy-nominated, and BAFTA Award-winning composer, Mark Thomas received a…

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Words: Mike Kennedy [Guest Writer – Welsh Connections/SWND Records, Director | Oystermouth Radio – Presenter] The word ‘legend’ is used too freely these days but as a drummer there are a few drummers that I would class in that category. There’s Steve Gadd, Jim Keltner, Billy Cobham and Ringo – but one drummer in particular…

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Words: Matt Innes Australian singer-songwriter, MADCAP Global Music’s own, John Rowe has hit the airwaves in Wales, featuring as a guest of Mike Kennedy on his popular radio show ‘The Welsh Connection’. John appears on ‘The Welsh Connection’ to discuss and preview his latest album ‘Gifting The Proletariat’ (available here). Click here to listen now.…

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      Words: Mike Kennedy [Guest Writer – Welsh Connections/SWND Records, Director | Oystermouth Radio – Presenter] It’s been one whole, crazy and disturbing year since the release of ‘Life In General’, the debut EP from valley-boys, The Rivers. In twelve months that’s seen worldwide political turmoil, uncertainty and a pandemic – with all…

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Words: Matt Innes Wales may not be the biggest of countries, yet for the longest of times it has punched far above its weight when it comes to producing music. The annals of music history are replete with contributions by the Welsh, particularly in the Celtic folk traditions. But in more recent times, Wales has…

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